Looks like Pavelec will get early look in goal

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay offered a little more insight Wednesday  into how the goaltending tandem of Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec will work this season. Ramsay has said he expects one to play more than the other. That’s a departure from the offseason when management indicated that there might be a 50-50 split in the duties.

While not naming an opening night starter, this is what Ramsay said about the situation.

“I think one of the goalies will play more,” Ramsay said. “That would not be unreasonable. I’ve been with teams that have been 50-50 and we won a Vezina with it. I don’t think that really works. It can. I’ve seen it. We definitely are going to play each night with a plan in our minds of making this young player be a star. I think he can be. I don’t look that far ahead. Whatever happens we will deal with it. You make too many plans in this game and suddenly you lose three guys and everything is blown out the door and you have to start again. I have a plan for how the team should play. I have a plan for where we want to go. You always have to be ready.”

When I asked if it would be fair to say that Ondrej Pavelec would be the young player who will get the early look, Ramsay said “That would be fair.”

Pavelec is 23 years old and signed a two-year contract with the Thrashers in the offseason. Mason, 34, signed a two-year contract with the Thrashers as a free agent during the offseason.

In other news:

* Jim Slater was placed on the injured (non-roster) list and Andrew Kozek was placed on injured reserve as the final moves to get roster to 23 by today’s deadline.

*The Thrashers’ television schedule was finally released on Wednesday. There will be 65 games aired between SportsSouth and Fox Sports South. One game will be carried on Versus. All games will be in high-definition. Friday’s season opener will be aired on SportsSouth and Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay will be aired on Fox Sports South. There will be no television for the three following west coast road games.

* Alexander Burmistrov will switch to No. 8 (from No. 49 in training camp) now that he was signed a pro contract and will start the season with the Thrashers. “It’s very exciting,” said Burmistrov of his deal signed on Tuesday.

* Thrashers prospect Danick Paquette has been assigned to ECHL Gwinnett.

22 comments Add your comment


October 6th, 2010
3:02 pm

Pavelic in goal? Morons…


October 6th, 2010
3:09 pm

Trying to lull the Caps into a false sense of security.


October 6th, 2010
3:13 pm

Friday needs to hurry up and get here already. I can’t wait to get this season started!!!

Joe Friday

October 6th, 2010
3:28 pm

Yes, that is my with my eyebrows raised looking at you, Coach. Good golly he’s going out on multiple limbs here with Buff, moving forwards out of position, questionable line makeups, and now making Pavs the #1? Well, at least it’ll be interesting . . .


October 6th, 2010
3:46 pm

I’m ok with giving Pavs the early look to see how much better he may have gotten this offseason, but Mason HAS to start the Caps game.

hip czech

October 6th, 2010
3:52 pm

Definitely a head scratch-er starting Pavelec (if that is really what is happening). Almost like they are saying ‘we want to win one of the first two games, what gives a better chance of getting one win? Ah, Mason vs TB’.

Let’s hope the defense has turned sound enough to overcome OP (Out of Position) and keeps us in the game at least Friday.


October 6th, 2010
3:57 pm

Hey, you want to develop talent this is how you do it. Give the kid another chance…he had zero help defensively the last couple years.


October 6th, 2010
6:00 pm

It’s fine if he plans to play Pavelec early on a good bit but Mason better start against the Caps. It’s a no brainer Mason needs to start Friday night. Caps light up Pavelec like a Christmas tree on the 4th of July! (Think about that for a minute. lol)


October 7th, 2010
5:56 am

Pavs vs. Mason: 1W, 7L, 4.10GAA, .876SV% VS. 3W, 0L, 1.84GAA, .928SV% (record against Ovy & All.)

I predict at least 3 to 4 goals from the Caps. The X-season Thrashers will lose this game for sure. I’m not sure about the regular season Thrashers.


October 7th, 2010
8:17 am

I have come around to Coaches way of reasoning about starting Pavelec. What I’m thinking is that Rammer is playing his goalie cards to allow for the best chance for a .500 record after two games. These new Thrashers with Mason vs the President’s Cup winning Caps looks likely to be a regulaion loss. Mason vs the rebuilt Bolts looks a lot more likely for getting a win. Clawing at least a 1-1 record and two points from the first two games will look a thousand times better than going 0-2 with zero points.

I want to start the west coast trip with points in the bank.

Michael B. Shapiro

October 7th, 2010
9:15 am

Mason should start and Boris the Dud should be sent down. Played one pre-season game and looked awful, right? So why keep him unless Duds (they other potential Dud, but let’s hope not) wants to showcase him to trade him for a legitimate 20+ goals a season forward? Everything Boris takes the ice I cringe. But….drop the freakin’ puck already. And since I don’t see Tiller’s blog listed now, perhaps Chris should start the “Schneid Island” contest. I vote for Boris. Last Thrash to score a goal this season….if ever.

Old Time Hockey

October 7th, 2010
9:45 am

Mason is a solid, consistent goaltender. Pavelec is a sometimes spectacular goaltender. I’m guessing that Pavelec has show some improvement in his game to be given this chance. His game against Ottawa last year was widely proclaimed as the best game of the year…league wide and it will take that kind of effort to beat Washington. A typical Mason game against the Caps will result in 2-4 goals against. They are probably hoping for a stand-on-your-head performance from Pavelec to give them a chance. Of course, the best solution to this problem is to pepper the Capital’s young goalie and jump him early. A repeat of opening night 2 years ago works for me.

4 goals

October 7th, 2010
10:11 am

no matter who is in the net, thrashers will still need to score 4 goals a game to have a chance to win.

GP Rule

October 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

Even with GOD in goal the Trash will not win 20 games this year. Does anyone know who the top prospect is this year???? We will in June! Hope it is an offensive player they need it!!!


October 7th, 2010
1:31 pm

I don’t see Ramsay’s statement that Pavs will start Friday, but instead that we won’t see Mason for the first 30 games and then when he is tired, we’ll see Pavs. I think he wants to get both in early so they can get comfortable and in a rhythem. We’ll see tomorrow night. Go Thrashers!

Old Time Hockey

October 7th, 2010
1:36 pm

First of all…if the big man were in goal I’m pretty sure we end up 82-0. More realistically, we won 35 games last year and this team is vastly better than last year. The worst team in the league last year won 27 games. Little early to be pushing the panic button, don’t you think? Give it a couple of weeks before you start researching draft picks.


October 7th, 2010
1:57 pm

Didn’t Mason give up 4 in each of the last two games? Maybe that factored into Coach’s decision to start Pavs.


October 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

C Viv’s tweet -

ajcthrashers Craig Ramsay would not name #Thrashers starting goaltender but indications are Ondrej Pavelec in for Friday’s season opener vs. Caps.

I stand by my above assessment that Ramsay is looking to maximize the chances of getting points from the first two games. An added benefit: Both goalies are motivated. Pavs is pumped to be the opening night goalie, Mason will want to nail down the #1 spot.


October 7th, 2010
3:19 pm

Kracker-I agree with you….


October 7th, 2010
8:13 pm

Pavelec is just awful…will never win one game…Put Mason in! My thoughts of Ramsey just went down the drain!


October 8th, 2010
12:16 pm

I wouldn’t indict the Head Coach over the decision to start a backup goalie for opening night. That, in and of itself, is insufficient. However, it is an odd choice, in my opinion. Chris Mason was a UFA signing on July 1. He ought to be there, health permitting.


October 8th, 2010
1:25 pm

first game is in six hours. tv schedule yet?